White Oak UK strengthens senior team with CFO and COO appointments

White Oak UK, one of the UK’s leading non-bank lenders supporting SMEs and mid-corporates, has today announced it is strengthening its executive team in the UK with the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Melinda Crocker has been appointed Chief Operating Officer after spending over four years at the firm as its Head of UK Portfolio Management. In her new role, she will oversee operational strategy across all of White Oak UK’s UK business lines. Melinda brings 30 years of financial services experience to the role, including senior banking roles managing analytics, project delivery and product design.

Pawel Lo Giudice has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, following almost two decades of experience in senior positions at global consultancy firms in the UK and Australia, where he specialised in deal advisory services. In his new role, Pawel will oversee White Oak UK’s UK financial strategy, driving the firm’s commitment to support SME’s and mid-corporates across the country with tailored finance solutions to help them grow.

The two new additions to White Oak UK’s senior team come as the firm targets its biggest year for growth yet, following a record 2022. The lender recently pledged to provide half a billion pounds to UK SMEs and mid-corporates over 2023, as part of its commitment to help firms up and down the country fulfil their ambitions.

Melinda Crocker, Chief Operating Officer of White Oak UK said, “Since joining White Oak UK four years ago, I’ve been impressed by the ethos that drives the business and the wide breadth of support we provide to firms. I’m looking forward to pushing our vision for growth in my new role and putting strategies in place to ensure we can support our growth ambitions.”

Pawel Lo Giudice, Chief Financial Officer of White Oak UK said, “I’m excited to build upon White Oak UK’s growing momentum. In a challenging year for businesses up and down the country, White Oak UK’s finance solutions have helped their clients to thrive, and I’m delighted to be part of a firm which is focused on the growth ambitions of SMEs in the UK.”

Jean-Marc Torre, CEO of White Oak UK, said, “I am delighted that Melinda and Pawel are joining our executive leadership team. With Melinda’s outstanding portfolio management experience and Pawel’s deep knowledge of corporate finance, we will continue to improve the agility required to grow in the current landscape and better provide capital financing solutions to our customers.”

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